Rivals.com reports that outstanding
California junior college wide receivers Hayo Carpenter of Santa
Clarita College of the Canyons and Jamar Howard of Visalia
College of the Sequoias, and running back Giavanni Ruffin, also
from College of the Sequoias, have Minnesota on their list of possible
CollegeFootballNews.com has the Gophers
ranked No. 23 in the country. The Gophers next game is at Purdue on
and Dorothy Erban’s Creative Charters is offering a choice
between airplane and motor coach to the Purdue game. More at
Former Gopher coach
Doug Woog told Sports Headliners he’s picking Colorado
College to win the WCHA title if CC’s important players stay healthy.
He includes the Gophers in a second grouping with Denver, North Dakota,
St. Cloud and Wisconsin.
Woog describes the Gophers as “skilled but
young and small.” He said Minnesota has a “horrendous challenge” to get
off to a good start because of the outstanding teams on the early
schedule such as New Hampshire, Michigan State and Michigan. The
Gophers open the regular season tonight (Friday) at St. Cloud State.
Woog also said there’s an “evolution”
going on in the WCHA toward “smaller and quicker players.” The result,
he predicted, is more players will remain with their WCHA teams for
three or four years instead of leaving early for the pros. He said two
years ago 16 underclassmen left WCHA teams early, last season 11 but he
expects fewer in 2008-09.
Wild forward Craig Weller’s favorite magazine is "Traditional
Bowhunter." The Calgary native’s preferred sport is fishing.
Wild forward Nick Schultz’s cousin, Jesse, is a forward
playing for Minnesota’s AHL affiliate the Houston Aeros.
Forward James Sheppard and goalie Josh
Harding are roommates while Sheppard finds a full-time place to
live. Sheppard, 20, lived with former Wild player and now TV studio
analyst Darby Hendrickson and his family last season.
Gopher forward Monique Lamoureux has been named the
WCHA Rookie of the Week for her performance against Minnesota Duluth
last weekend. Lamoureux, a freshman from Grand Forks, scored two goals
and added one assist in the visiting Gophers’ sweep over No. 1-ranked
UMD. Producing a team-high 15 shots, Lamoureux scored in each game
Concordia soccer forward
Justin Foss scored three goals last week and helped the
Cobbers to a 1-1 record in conference play. Foss, who leads the MIAC in
goals per game (0.88), is the MIAC Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week. The
Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week is Gustavus junior forward
Chelsea Craven who
scored all three goals to lead the Gusties to a 3-1 win over Bethel in
St. Peter last Saturday.